KEENE, N.H.--Devin Springfield's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Keene State College baseball team a 5-4 win over No. 18 University of Southern Maine in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex. The Huskies took the second game 11-8.
- Keene State: 16-20, 4-8 LEC
- Southern Maine: 23-11, 8-4 LEC
- Keene State closes out the season with a visit from UMass Dartmouth on May 6 at 12 noon. The Owls will need to sweep the Corsairs and get some help around the league to qualify for the LEC tournament. Keene State had not beaten USM since a 9-3 win in the LEC tournament on May 3, 2011.
- Southern Maine welcomes Framingham State to town for a doubleheader on May 1 at noon.
How it Happened - Game One
- The Owls battled back from a rough first inning to post their third win in extra frames this season. Christian Bourgea was 2-for-2 and walked four times. Joe Libby was 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, and Billy Hartmann, Mac Struthers, and Springfield each had two hits.
- The Huskies got a 5-for-6 performance from Nick DiBiase, who was a homerun short of the cycle and scored twice. Sam Dexter and Sam Stauble both had a pair of knocks for USM.
- Keene State spotted the Huskies two runs in the first inning, committing three errors in the frame that allowed both runs to score. The Owls were lucky to get out of the inning without further damage as Brandon Martins looked to have scored, but was judged to have missed third base.
- DiBiase triple to lead off the third and scored on Dexter's infield single for a 3-0 lead. The Owls got on the board in the fifth inning when Struthers singled and moved up to third on Libby's double. Hartmann grounded out to shortstop to bring in the run. USM restored a three run advantage when Stauble singled, stole second, and eventually scored on another KSC error.
- KSC tied it with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Struthers singled with one out, and Libby sent another double to left-center to bring him home. Hartmann followed with a double of his own, dropping the ball just inside the left field foul line to plate Libby. Walks to Bourgea and Trevor Chapin loaded the bases, and Springfield followed with a groundout to first that allowed Hartmann to score.
- The Owls worked out of trouble in the eighth, as Nick Bowie doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch, but KSC starter Cody Dube struck out Jake Dexter and DiBiase to end the inning. Reliever Keith Simpson also kept the Huskies off the scoreboard in the ninth, getting Jake Glauser to foul out to first base after Stauble had singled and took two bases on wild pitches.
- KSC finally won it in the 11th, as Libby led off with a single, and walks to Bourgea and Chapin loaded the bases again. The Huskies brought in closer Matt Correale, and he was greeted with an RBI single by Springfield to win the game.
- Eddie Dionne pitched 1/3 of an inning to earn the win (2-1). Dube took a no-decision with eight innings of work, striking out four with just one earned run allowed. Jake Dexter took the loss (4-1), striking out four in four innings of relief. Shyler Scates went the first 6 1/3 innings with five Ks.
How it Happened - Game Two
- Keene State rallied twice to tie the game, but the Huskies scored in each of the last four innings to take an 11-8 win.
- Bourgea was again outstanding at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, a sacrifice fly, and five RBI. Springfield and Libby each added three more hits.
- Glauser led the Huskies with a 3-for-5 perforamance. Martins and DiBiase each hit their first homers of the season, part of a 13 hit Husky attack.
- USM scored six runs in the first, as the first six hitters at the plate all had base hits. DiBiase greeted KSC starter Alan Schiff with a homer to right field, and Sam Dexter followed with a double to deep center. Stauble had an infield single that brought Dexter around, and after Paul McDonough reached on a single, Glauser brought in another run with a hit to right.
- Martins made it 6-0 with a three run homer to left field before Schiff got Kip Richard out at first. Bowie flew out to center and DiBiase struck out to end the inning.
- KSC got one back in the bottom of the first as Libby reached on an error and scored on Bourgea's sacrifice fly to centerfield.
- Schiff got in a groove after that, retiring the next 12 batters he faced while the KSC bats got the Owls back in the game. Libby hit a one-out triple in the third and scored on Hartmann's single to left, and Bourgea followed with a two-run homer to centerfield that made it a 6-4 game.
- Struthers reached on an fielder's choice in the fourth, and after Libby walked, an error on the throwdown on a steal attempt allowed Struthers to score. USM again allowed KSC to load the bases in the fifth. Chapin was hit by a pitch, Springfield singled to right, and Zach Rollins walked, and the third USM error of the game brought in Chapin and tied the game, 6-6.
- The Huskies took the lead right back in the top of the sixth; Glauser led off with a triple, and scored on Richard's sacrifice fly to left. DiBiase added an RBI single to center that increased the lead to 8-6.
- KSC wouldn't go quietly, as Libby led off the bottom of the sixth by beating out an infield single, and after Billy Hartmann was robbed of extra bases by Bowie in center, Bourgea went deep again, with another two-run shot, this one to right field.
- The Owls gave the lead back again, with Stauble leading off the seventh with a single to center, and he eventually came around on Glauser's single to right. USM added single runs in the eighth and ninth for some insurance, and Correalle struck out Kolby Reggione to end the game.
- Tim Coppinger (1-2) took the loss, allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning. Schiff finished with six innings, striking out four. Dan Kinnon (3-2) earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief, and Correale picked up his fourth save of the year. Starter Dalton Rice struck out six in 4 1/3 innings of work.